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The DC LERA Board of Governors
invites you to the monthly luncheon meeting
Wednesday, May 27, 2015...

Fixing the Fissured Workplace
Why Work Became So Bad for So Many
and What Can Be Done to Improve It

Dr. David Weil
Administrator, Wage and Hour Division
U.S. Department of Labor

An Arizona contractor unlawfully misclassified employees as independent contractors to reduce its labor costs by paying below the legal minimum wage, failing to pay overtime and depriving them of health care benefits. Last year, thanks to an investigation by the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, the employer paid $556,000 in overtime back wages and damages to at least 445 current and former employees.

This is not an isolated case of abuse. David Weil, head of the Wage and Hour Division, calls the surge in contracting out work to avoid legal protections “jaw-dropping.” In response he has committed his agency to turning back the tide of abuse—fixing what he calls the “Fissured Workplace.” It is a huge task for an agency with limited staff and resources. Under Weil’s leadership, however, the agency is developing innovative strategies for enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act and engaging stakeholders in promoting compliance.

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Weil will speak at our May luncheon about the challenge of the fissured work place and the lessons his agency has learned in their innovative campaign for compliance—lessons that labor leaders and public administrators here and in other countries should find instructive and valuable. We invite you to register and join us for what promises be a dramatic story.

David Weil is an internationally recognized expert in public and labor market policy, regulatory performance, and industrial and labor relations. He has authored numerous publications, including three books, the most recent of which is The Fissured Workplace. Dr. Weil was sworn in as the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division on May 5, 2014. Previously he served as Professor of Management at Boston University. View Dr. Weil’s full bio here

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Sign-in begins: 11:30; Lunch: 12:00; Program & Q&A; 12:30; Adjourn 1:30. 




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